An Epic List of Appropriate Fonts per Genre
Choosing the right fonts for your book cover is important; you'll probably use the same fonts for your interior formatting as well. Here's a huge list of fonts I like divided by genre.
I made a few "sell-sheets" that may help with book marketing; for a long post about how to use them, and other alternatives, you can read this article I posted on my blog: How-to-make-a-sell-sheet-for-your-book-with-free-templates
Full Print Covers (Createspace, etc.)
Making full print covers for Createspace is a little tricky, but this guide and sample templates will help. You can make a full print cover that looks pretty good, but you need to get familiar with the features in MS Word, and use quality fonts and images.
Business cards, posters, ads...
This package is light on layers, heavy on templates - it's got everything you need but assumes you're starting from a finished cover file, so you're just importing layers. There are also instructions for ordering postcards and business cards (and how to use them).
ONLINE COVER DESIGN TOOL TEMPLATES
You can try out the online tool here.
Here's a package of some covers and other things; go to "file" and "open" to load these into the cover tool. I also added a bunch of videos on using the cover tool, here.
If you're also planning on doing your own book formatting, check out www.diybookformats.com. There are some training videos and a whole bunch of free formatting templates in InDesign and Word (plus some super special formatting templates for each genre, including recommended fonts and style).
I've written several guides on publishing, book design and building your author platform; along with a book of answers to common publishing questions. You can download them all for free - just click one of the buttons below to share DIY Book Covers, and then you'll see the download links. I'm working on new, exciting projects, but will keep adding resources to DIY covers. I'll email you when there's new stuff you can use.
This is my latest guide to publishing and book marketing, with some of the more advanced book marketing tactics I've discovered in my first year publishing fiction. Click here to download it for free.
Need more help?
I hope the free resources and videos are useful. I made them available because I know that many authors are going to try to design their own covers, and I don't think having a huge budget should be a requirement (everyone should be allowed to publish their book, even if they can't afford a pro cover designer). That said, your cover is absolutely critical to the success of your book. You worked long and hard writing your book and you want it to reach readers so they can enjoy it. So if you get stuck on the cover design or have questions about marketing your book (building your platform, email list, getting reviews, boosting your sales rank, choosing your keywords and categories...) keep in mind you'll get my $197 course on book marketing along with some other bonuses when you upgrade to the premium package of book cover templates.
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Thanks and good luck!